Underutilization of ICT

Internet Use Reduces Depression In Elders

A large-scale longitudinal study in the US seems to have found a definitively positive effect of Internet use among retirees. Comparing those who did and did not use the Internet, there was a 30% drop in a key measure of depression. The researchers' explanation is that the Internet's social functions (email, social networks, etc.) offer "remediation of social isolation and loneliness", resulting in lower levels of depression.

Who's Not Online? The Answer Won't Surprise You

The Pew Resarch Center has released a new report on who's not online and why. Many non-users cite a constellation of factors that include usability, accessibility, and digital skills. The number of people in this category, 32% of all non-users, is almost twice what it was 3 years ago. Also interesting is that only 17% of non-users think they could get started on their own, while 63% think they would need some help getting started.

NTIA looking for comments on new broadband adoption survey

NTIA is requesting comments on "Computer and Internet Use Supplement to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey" by June 4. They're going to add 12 questions to the monthly survey of 54,000 households; a draft of those questions is attached.

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